Music Notes: Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Corgan


Black Keys at Hangout FestivalPatrick Carney says “it’s perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines;” while Billy Corgan thinks “Posers have taken over”. Meanwhile, the Boss gives us a history lesson.

Is music too polished these days? The Black Keys certainly think so. Drummer Patrick Carney tells Canadian outlet Jam.CA that he feels music that is too perfect is “boring” and that people have lost an ear for rougher music. Carney feels like rock acts today are making elevator music but stated everyone has it in them to make cooler sounds saying, “Everybody has it but you’ve got to exercise it.” Carney made his point using the history of rock and roll explaining, “When you turn on the radio it’s all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines. It’s hard not to listen to The Who and really understand these are wild men going crazy or Led Zeppelin – these are human beings that play that, it’s all hard to kind of put that in perspective. We just try to make music what we love to make and have fun.”

Meanwhile, down south in Austin, Billboard reports Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan gave a talk at SXSW about the current state of music. Corgan reportedly declared, “I was part of a generation that changed the world- and it was taken over by posers.” Billy went on to say, “Artists that break through now have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal. Not to be respected – not to be dangerous.” Billy will be releasing the new Smashing Pumpkins album Oceania later this year.

Bruce Springsteen’s Keynote Speech @SXSW

Bruce Springsteen delivered the keynote speech at SXSW, or what should be dubbed the “many keynotes speech” said Bruce.  The Boss basically gave an aural history of rock n roll through his life (‘when I started playing guitar at 9, rock and roll history was only ten years. In today’s terms think if you only had music to draw on from 2002 to now’), his influences , like Elvis, The Beatles and Roy Orbison, he talked about the power of songwriters, and he described his love of Motown music.  Bruce ended the speech with a sing-a-long with the audience, doing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” to mark what would have been Woody’s 100th birthday year.  Bruce got a standing ovation.

·        Many people likely found Bruce’s speech to be inspirational, but who inspired The Boss?  He told us about one person in particular – his mother

·       The talk began at 12:35 PM and Springsteen started it off by saying, “Good Morning.  Why are we up so f***ing early?  How important can this speech be if we’re giving it at noon, when every decent musician in town is asleep?

·       During the address, Bruce strummed an acoustic guitar, singing The Animals’ “We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place.”  When The Animals’ Eric Burdon found out, he tweeted, “@Springsteen, I’m across town at @RealDayTrotter, truly honored to hear you played ‘We Gotta Get Outta This Place’ during your keynote!”


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Click here to watch the entire speech via NPR: Bruce Springsteen on the Meaning of Music. 

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